Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left frustrated and puzzled after Eddie Nketiah’s red card late on in Tuesday’s 1-1 home draw with Leicester City in the Premier League.
Chelsea kept up their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and Champions League football next season with a 3-2 victory at London rivals Crystal Palace on Tuesday thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year.
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A former President, Nigerian Cricket Federation, Kwesi Sagoe, has said the construction of a cricket pitch of international standard in the University of Lagos would further project the institution as one of Africa’s best.
West Ham wasted a chance to substantially improve their chances of Premier League survival as Newcastle rescued a 2-2 draw, while John Egan’s first top-flight goal gave Sheffield United a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Sunday.
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Chelsea boosted their Champions League qualification hopes with a comfortable win over Premier League strugglers Watford.
The result lifts the Blues back up to fourth in the table, after they were temporarily leapfrogged by Manchester United.
Mikel Arteta knows Arsenal must make a flawless finish to the season after a 2-0 win against Wolves gave them renewed hope of qualifying for the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored from a free kick for Juventus and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a record 648th Serie A appearance as the league leaders beat their smaller neighbours Torino 4-1 in the Derby della Mole on Saturday.
Former WBO lightweight and IBF junior lightweight champion Jose Pedraza from Puerto Rico, fighting at junior welterweight, scored a one-sided ten-round unanimous points decision over Mikkel LesPierre of Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday night, inside “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Real Madrid have finally launched their own women’s team – a decision hailed as “a huge positive”.
Los Blancos completed a 300,000 euros (£271,000) buyout of Madrid-based club Tacon, which has now been officially renamed Real Madrid Femenino.
In a statement Real said it wanted to “contribute to the sport’s development and growth”.
Real president Florentino Perez said: “The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of.”
Real were one of the only major football clubs in Europe that didn’t have a women’s team.
Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg, the first winner of the Women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, said the creation was “a huge positive”.
The 24-year-old added: “I’m hoping they will stabilise the investment over a long period and that they have a long-term perspective because it can’t happen overnight.”
Tacon, formed in 2014, went on a recruitment drive after promotion to the Spanish women’s top flight last season, knowing there was the likelihood of a takeover.
They signed Sweden internationals Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson, who was nominated for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or, and Brazil midfielder Thaisa from AC Milan.
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